Venezuela Religion

Venezuela Religion

Religious freedom prevails by law and it is usually respected in practice as well. Traditionally, Catholicism is the dominant religion, but the percentage of Protestants is increasing rapidly. The trend with a reduced proportion of Catholics in the population is the same as in the rest of Latin America. In a 2011 survey, 71 percent […]

Uruguay Religion

Uruguay Religion

The state and church are separate Uruguay and religious freedom prevails. More than half of the residents identify as Christians, most of whom are Catholics, but many do not actively believe. The percentage of non-believers is highest in Latin America. The Catholic Church has traditionally dominated the religious community, but the state and the church […]

United States Religion

United States Religion

Freedom of religion is one of the foundations of the United States Constitution, not least because many of the European emigrants who founded the nation fled from religious oppression. The United States has many active believers and religious affiliation is often an important part of identity. But the proportion that does not identify with any […]

Trinidad and Tobago Religion

Trinidad and Tobago Religion

A majority of the residents are Christians, both Catholics and Protestants, while nearly a fifth are Hindus. Ethnic diversity in Trinidad and Tobago is reflected in the practice of religion, including in a rich flora of festivals. Religious freedom prevails and it is respected by the authorities. There are schools run by Christian, Hindu or […]

Suriname Religion

Suriname Religion

Freedom of religion is guaranteed by the constitution and is generally respected by the authorities. Nearly half the population is considered Christian and Hindus make up the second largest group. Among Christians, Catholics are the largest individual group, but various Protestant communities gather a total of more. More than 22 percent of Surinamese identified themselves […]

St Kitts Religion

St. Kitts Religion

Freedom of religion prevails and Christianity is the dominant religion. The largest individual community is the Anglican Church, which comprises around one-third of the population. The Methodist Church is almost as large. Other Protestant communities such as Hussites and Baptists are also represented. Around eight percent of residents are Catholics. There is also a group […]

Peru Religion

Peru Religion

Religious freedom prevails and Catholic Christianity is the dominant religion. However, a large proportion of Christians practice a religion that mixes Catholic beliefs with rituals from traditional Native American natural religions. Eight out of ten Peruvians claim to be Roman Catholic professors, but for the past twenty years the Catholic Church has lost followers to […]

Paraguay Religion

Paraguay Religion

A large majority of Paraguayans are Catholics. The majority of other residents belong to Protestant communities, including the Mennonite Church. Freedom of religion is guaranteed by the Constitution. The Catholic Church has great influence in society. During the Stroessner dictatorship (1954–1989), the church was the only independent institution that was not banned, despite its harsh […]

Panama Religion

Panama Religion

The Constitution provides for religious freedom and it is respected by state power. At the same time, the Catholic faith is recognized as the country’s dominant religion. Teaching Catholicism must be held in schools, although parents can request that their children not attend. Protestants are the second largest and, as in other Latin American countries, […]

Nicaragua Religion

Nicaragua Religion

Most Nicaraguan people are Catholics. The Catholic Church has a strong position and its political influence has increased since the parliament voted in 2006 for a total ban on abortion. Both the Pentecostal church and the Baptist community have been operating in the country since the 1920s. Since the 1990s, the number of Protestant Free […]